Biomimicry Institute

Brightening Our Corner Newsletter - May 2020

Ray C. Anderson Foundation's Quarterly Newsletter
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Brightening Our Corner is the Ray C. Anderson Foundation's quarterly newsletter.  It features positive stories from the Foundation and its key funding initiatives.

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Brightening Our Corner is the Ray C. Anderson Foundation's quarterly newsletter.  It features positive stories from the Foundation and its key funding initiatives.

Join the Live Watch Party for “The Promise of Biomimicry” Premiering January 23

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Tune in on January 23 to get a firsthand perspective of how the Biomimicry Institute is pioneering an open-access platform for nature-inspired design.

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Tune in on January 23 to get a firsthand perspective of how the Biomimicry Institute is pioneering an open-access platform for nature-inspired design.

Ecocentricity Blog: A Voice in the Wilderness

By: John A. Lanier
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Just hearing her allows the listener to feel the warmth, gentleness and passion that are mirrored perfectly in her character. One could happily listen to Janine Benyus just count to one thousand, and enjoy it all the more to hear her describe the majesty of the natural world.

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Just hearing her allows the listener to feel the warmth, gentleness and passion that are mirrored perfectly in her character. One could happily listen to Janine Benyus just count to one thousand, and enjoy it all the more to hear her describe the majesty of the natural world.

Beth Rattner at Climate One: Climate Change May Take Out Some of Our Best Teachers

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Beth Rattner of the Biomimicry Institute recently spoke at a Climate One panel and podcast about "nature's best teachers."

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Beth Rattner of the Biomimicry Institute recently spoke at a Climate One panel and podcast about "nature's best teachers."

Beth Rattner at Climate One: What Is Biomimicry?

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Beth Rattner recently spoke at a Climate One panel and podcast, explaining what biomimicry is, and the role it can play in product design.

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Beth Rattner recently spoke at a Climate One panel and podcast, explaining what biomimicry is, and the role it can play in product design.

These Students Came up With an Ingenious Way to Keep Buildings Cool

Reprinted from Christian Cotroneo's article in Mother Nature Network
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Taking a page from the termite construction manual, Team Phalanx from the Industrial Design program at California State University, Long Beach has developed an insulation that could revolutionize how homes and offices are cooled.

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Taking a page from the termite construction manual, Team Phalanx from the Industrial Design program at California State University, Long Beach has developed an insulation that could revolutionize how homes and offices are cooled.

Biomimicry Institute Blog: 10 Finalist Teams Use Nature's Lessons to Create Climate Change Solutions

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Páramo is an alpine tundra ecosystem exclusively located in the Northern Andes of South America and the home to the bryophytes that a team from Bogota, Colombia were inspired by in developing their concept, Bryosoil. Bryosoil is a flood prevention system that took the first place prize for student teams in the 2019 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. 

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Páramo is an alpine tundra ecosystem exclusively located in the Northern Andes of South America and the home to the bryophytes that a team from Bogota, Colombia were inspired by in developing their concept, Bryosoil. Bryosoil is a flood prevention system that took the first place prize for student teams in the 2019 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. 

Ten Finalist Teams Use Lessons From Nature to Create Radical Solutions to Climate Change Problems

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Almost 100 teams from 17 countries entered this year’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, submitting nature-inspired inventions to reverse, mitigate, or adapt to climate change. The ten finalist teams receive an invitation to the 2019-20 Biomimicry Launchpad, a program that supports prototyping and eventually a path to commercialization and the potential to win the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize®.

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Almost 100 teams from 17 countries entered this year’s Biomimicry Global Design Challenge, submitting nature-inspired inventions to reverse, mitigate, or adapt to climate change. The ten finalist teams receive an invitation to the 2019-20 Biomimicry Launchpad, a program that supports prototyping and eventually a path to commercialization and the potential to win the $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation Ray of Hope Prize®.

Ecocentricity Blog: That's One Classy Cephalopod

By: John A. Lanier
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You would be smart to consider octopi for inspiration if you were a practicing biomimic – especially if the design question you are asking is “how would nature efficiently navigate confined aqueous spaces like the piping in municipal water systems?”

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You would be smart to consider octopi for inspiration if you were a practicing biomimic – especially if the design question you are asking is “how would nature efficiently navigate confined aqueous spaces like the piping in municipal water systems?”

Nature-Inspired Water Leak Detection System Wins the 2019 $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize

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Twenty percent of the world's clean pumped water is lost due to leaking pipes, and current technology cannot detect leaks accurately enough or early enough to prevent either water loss or major infrastructure damage. Startup company Watchtower Robotics is tackling this problem creatively and effectively, and today was awarded the 2019 $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize® for its efforts during the GreenBiz Circularity Conference. The prize is sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and awarded annually to the top team in the Biomimicry Launchpad, an accelerator focused on nature-inspired solutions to global challenges.

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Twenty percent of the world's clean pumped water is lost due to leaking pipes, and current technology cannot detect leaks accurately enough or early enough to prevent either water loss or major infrastructure damage. Startup company Watchtower Robotics is tackling this problem creatively and effectively, and today was awarded the 2019 $100,000 Ray of Hope Prize® for its efforts during the GreenBiz Circularity Conference. The prize is sponsored by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and awarded annually to the top team in the Biomimicry Launchpad, an accelerator focused on nature-inspired solutions to global challenges.

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